Previewing 2018 Women’s Soccer: Clemson

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And just like that, it was over. Boston College women’s soccer had strung together 10 consecutive wins to start the season, but as Wake Forest forward Estelle Laurier snuck one under the gloves of Eagles goalkeeper Alexis Bryant in overtime on Thursday, there was finally a blemish on the record. The No. 11 Eagles (10-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) hope to rebound on Sunday afternoon when they visit Clemson (7-4, 2-1). The second game of this southern road trip will be a quick turnaround for the Eagles, who played an emotional overtime game on Thursday, whereas the Tigers are coming off a full week of rest.

Who is BC playing?
Clemson

When is BC playing?
Sunday, Sept. 30, 1 p.m.

Where is BC playing?
Riggs Field, Clemson, S.C.

How to Watch:
This game will be available to stream on WatchESPN via the ACC Network Extra.

By the Numbers:

BC:

1) BC allowed two goals in its matchup on Thursday for the first time since opening day against Quinnipiac. The Eagles have allowed just six goals in the season, showcasing a staunch back line that ranks third in the conference.

2) Sam Coffey has been a playmaker in the midfield. She paces the conference with both 10 assists and 20 points. The sophomore has tallied at least one shot on goal in all but two games this season.

3) Bryant has notched 29 saves compared to just six goals allowed. She has also recorded six shutouts in 11 games, which is good for third in the conference.

Clemson:

1) This will be the sixth game in a row that Clemson plays at home. The Tigers have not left the state of South Carolina since their two-game trip to Oregon and Oregon State on Aug. 19.

2) Clemson upset then No. 4 Virginia, 1-0, in double overtime on Sep 20. It was a statement conference win for the Tigers, and is still the only setback that the Cavaliers have suffered.

3) Mariana Speckmaier is the finisher on offense, tallying six goals this season. The sophomore forward ranks fourth in the conference in goals, and she has benefited from five assists from Sam Staab.

Last Meeting:

These sides did not meet in conference play a season ago, but on Oct. 20, 2016, the Tigers defeated the Eagles, 2-1, at home. Clemson struck early with a pair of goals in the first 16 minutes. BC fought back with a second half strike from McKenzie Meehan, but could not find the equalizer, despite peppering 16 shots compared to just six for the Tigers.

Outlook:

BC worked hard to earn the No. 11 ranking. This is the first bit of adversity that Alison Foley’s squad will have to deal with, so it remains to be seen how it will come out and play after the loss. BC still boasts a dynamic offense, and it should aim to jump out to a fast start. A quick goal could demoralize the well-rested Tigers, and playing with a lead can also allow the Eagles to focus their efforts on defense, where they are equally strong.

The Wake Forest matchup was also the first for the Eagles that came outside the state of Massachusetts. Adapting its mindset to playing on the road is something that the team did not have to realize until later in the season, but this adjustment needs to be made in order to beat a strong Clemson team on its pitch. The Tigers have already played spoiler to a top-5 team this season, and BC does not want to become the second ranked team to fall to Clemson this season.

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